art is all around us. here i will share my personal experiences and passion for all things art! thanks for stopping by, feel free to share a post and check in again! xo

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

k-12 art extravagnza & chair auction

The big week is here. Our art show has arrived. This Friday, April 29 4:30-9pm is our annual art show. This year it is a combined K-12 show for the first time. It is a gallery-hop style show with the K-8 portion at the Warwick Valley District Office and Middle School and then the 9-12 and chair auction portion being held at the Warwick Valley High School. The poster above has all the details. This year things are new and the poster was personally designed and created by myself.It is also a special night because we are dedicating the night to Mrs. Jane Hamburger as this is her final year in the Warwick School District. Jane has served as the K-5 and K-12 director of art and music for many years now as well as holding the position of Principal of Pine Island Elementary School and before that she was a talented and gifted teacher in our district. Jane will be greatly missed and we look forward to dedicating the night to her... Shhhhh... it's a surprise though!

This is the second year we have held the chair auction and it was a huge success the first year when I created a small child's chair with small song birds on it. This year I took a very different approach and was inspired by both Sonia Delaunay and Wassily Kandinsky to create a very modern design on an antique chair.

The title is "contrasting Perspective" with a play on the modern and aged coming
together. It has many meanings and my students felt that it has a sweet appearance which I think does a great job of describing this seat!

Along with my chair, my MS teaching partner, Rick Weber will have a chair for sale as well. He is a clay artist by nature and shows his work in Milford, PA as well as various galleries in our area. His chair was inspired by and quite perfectly resembles Swiss cheese.

Rick drilled thousands of holes and painted it a wonderful yellow and then true to his art, he created little mice from clay and attached them all over the chair. It is a wonderful surprise and a great fun chair as well! To find out more about Rick Weber's work you can visit his website at

This is a busy week and the invitations are out and posters are up... now to hang the show and get the chairs on display!

We hope you will come out and support the Visual Arts program in Warwick and if you are reading this from a far be sure to keep an open eye for upcoming posts on the show results.

Be Well and Enjoy!

Friday, April 15, 2011

go orange for animals

This month my students were asked to paint orange ribbons in the village of Warwick shop windows to represent awareness against animal cruelty. Being an animal lover, this was an easy yes for my students and I to participate.

Many of my students were excited to participate in such a fun activity with a great cause.

The students painted orange ribbons with small paw prints in them and they look great!

If you are around the village take a look at the shop windows and drop in for great shops that supported a great cause!

For more information on local animals please visit the Warwick Valley Humane Society and how you too can help animals in need. Please click on the title of this post to be directly linked to their site. So go orange for animals!

Be well and Enjoy!

Monday, April 11, 2011

insects crawling your way

My 6th grade artists have cleverly been creating insects from paper mache.

First the students built a newspaper and masking tape armature and then they built upon those materials with paper mache that hardened and made them stable sculptures.

The students then painted them in bright and bold colors that represented realistic and fun creepy crawlers.

Lastly, they added tissue paper, ribbon, felt, pipe cleaners, etc. to make these fun 6 and 8 legged friends come to life.

As our district wide art show fast approaches I am scooping up some of these great insects to display with the rest of the wonderful 3D work that my students have created!

They are crawling close to you soon so come and visit again soon for more information on the art show!

Be Well and Enjoy!

Monday, April 4, 2011

sweets and treats

My 7th grade artists have just completed work inspired by Wayne Thiebaud. They created wonderful and delightful desserts and treats using oil pastels thinking about composition and paying close attention to photographs on how to use color to create values.

Thiebaud, known for his great use of colors and values inspired from sitting in sweet shops and painting these magnificent compositions interested my students for sure. They did a great job recreating their own sweets and treats on paper using layers of oil pastels.

Interestingly, Thiebaud just had an article about him on the Smithsonian web page, which you can find the link to that page by clicking on the title of this post, talking about how he is not a pop artist. It showed his figurative work and I must say it was most interesting. Often artists get stuck in one genre and that is what they are known for and we associate them with but it is not necessarily what they want to be known for. For instance, if that artist wants to start a new genre he or she may be asked to continue older work because it interests buyers and artists are perplexed and struggle for sure with this idea. It is an interesting debate and one certainly worth reading.

These desserts are decadent and just right because you can enjoy them without the calories!

Be Well and Enjoy!